Each Smoky Mountain Service Dog puppy is hand selected by our trainers and the majority will come from reputable breeders. Appropriate shelter/rescue dogs may also be considered. The puppy is then placed in a qualified puppy raiser home where it is taught socialization skills, basic obedience and is given the chance to experience such activities as shopping, traveling, and other various outings. Trainers meet regularly with puppy raisers to reinforce basic skills and develop more advanced skills. Puppies are continually monitored and cared for by a local veterinarian and maintain a healthy diet as prescribed by the trainers.
Upon completion of basic training, the dogs will be carefully matched to a waiting recipient and begin specialized training to learn the needs of the individual that they will be paired with. When the trainer is confident that the dog is completely able to meet the needs of their companion, the individual and the dog will go through advanced training as a team prior to being placed in the home of the recipient. Appropriate follow up continues for the duration of time that the dog is in service.
Hooligan is sponsored in honor of Spc John F. Hargreaves and his brothers of 3rd Platoon, B Company, 1/67 Armored Regiment - aka. "The Hooligans".
Bella Sponsored by Al and Sue Czachowski
Sponsored by Bearden High School Navy JROTC Cadet Corp.
Sponsored by General Federation of Women's Clubs - Tellico Village Chapter
Sponsored by Bob and Claire Manzo
Sponsored by Terry Scariot and John Kelly
Sponsored by Barbara Darce
Sponsored by the Copwood Hill Foundation
Special veterinary care provided in memory of U.S. Army Specialist John Hargreaves.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs "Tribute to Our Military"
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
Each Smoky Mountain Service Dog puppy is hand selected by our trainers and the majority will come from reputable breeders. Appropriate shelter/rescue dogs may also be considered.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
Our CanDoo is off to Western Kentucky University for handler training. CanDoo will split his time between the University's Kelly Autism Program and the Veteran Affairs Department. Shown above is CanDoo's foster parents, Dr. Tami Wyatt, Maureen Keyes, Eileen Reed, and Gail Alexander. CanDoo will provide great comfort and love to the autistic children and the Veteran students. Thanks to all volunteers and trainers for helping CanDoo grow his service capabilities. Got to love this dog.
On behalf of Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, Marine Cody Evans and his SMSD "Willie" accept donations totaling $25,000 from Marine Eric Barton, President and CEO of Vanquish Worldwide and his wife Mechelle on behalf of LexLin Gypsy Horse Ranch. This wonderful donation paid for the training of "Willie" for Cody and will also cover the total training cost to provide another Smoky Mountain Service Dog to a Wounded Warrior. Assisting Marine Evans is Mike Kitchens, Volunteer Chair of SMSD.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs was honored to be invited to the Autism Camp at the Center for Courageous Kids, a clinical camp for children with debilitating and terminal illnesses. In attendance were thirty one autistic children and their families from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. Please check out their website link on our home page. Our beautiful service dog "Bella"was a big hit.
In March, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that 1 in every 50 school children suffer from autism. That is more than 1 million U.S. School Children.
In January of this year NBC News reports that for the first 11 months of 2012, 177 active duty military personnel took their own lives. That is more than the 176 combat related fatalities. Army suicides have increased 54% since 2007 when 115 took their own lives.
For the latest in Autism News please see this link: www.TheAutismNews.com
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
1 in 50 American children suffer from austism
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.